All images courtesy of Kengo Kuma and Associates
Japanese Architect Kengo Kuma has unveiled plans for the ‘Saint-Denis Pleyel Railway Station’ in Paris – the main hub of the city’s new rapid transit line. The competition-winning scheme forms the first part of the region’s redevelopment, enabling the city to significantly increase its metropolitan scale. The project involves using the station to link the two sides of the city in order to increase connectivity within the district.
At each level, the station becomes an extension of the public space, allowing the station to function as a fully integrated complex. To emphasize the context of the structure, steel frames that evoke rail tracks are used in the building’s curtain walls as well as many other parts of the structure.
Through a multi-sensory sequence of spaces, daily metropolitan movements will be transformed into an open and interactive experience. Once completed, the station will form a new center of the city, with a complementary program that seeks to bring about a dynamic social and cultural dimension to the district of Pleyel.